|Born||Kenneth Irvine Chenault
June 2, 1951
Mineola, New York
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College
|Occupation||CEO of American Express|
Kenneth Irvine Chenault (born June 2, 1951) is an American business executive. He has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001. He is the third black CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Early life, education, and legal career
Chenault was born in Mineola, New York, Nassau County, as the son of a dentist and dental hygienist. His father was Hortenius Chenault a graduate of Morehouse College in Georgia, and a 1939 graduate from Howard University Dental School who passed the New York State dental exam with the highest score ever recorded as of January 2014. Chenault attended the alternative Waldorf School of Garden City, where he served as senior class president. He then received B.A. in history from Bowdoin College in 1973, and J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976 (on February 10, 2014, it was announced that he had been elected to fill a vacated seat of the Harvard Corporation; the Corporation is the chief fiduciary authority of the University and is the smaller of the two governing boards, the other being the Harvard Board of Overseers).
CEO of American Express
As CEO of American Express, in 2007 and 2008, Chenault earned a total compensation of $50,126,585 and $42,752,461 respectively. In 2009, he earned a total compensation of $16,617,639, which included a base salary of $1,201,923, a cash bonus of $10,450,000, an option grant of $3,985,637, and other compensation worth $980,079.
He is currently co-chair of the Business Roundtable, a director at IBM, and a member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The Business Council for 2011 and 2012.
In 1995, Ebony listed him as one of 50 "living pioneers" in the African-American community. Chenault was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2008, he gave the commencement address at Howard University.
On November 15, 2010, Old North Foundation recognized Chenault with its Third Lantern Award for individual commitment and dedication to public service. The Foundation honored Chenault and American Express for their significant contributions to the preservation efforts of many significant monuments and landmark structures, including the steeple of the Old North Church.
He resides in New Rochelle, New York, with his wife and children. Kenneth Chenault has been a member of Westchester Country Club since 1990, immediately following the controversy between the PGA Tour and Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club.
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